AUTUMN IN PATAGONIA
Travel Photography Workshop with Bernardo Galmarini
5% Early Bird Discount up to 90 days before the start of the Workshop
The Magic of Autumn in Patagonia, a Unique Photography Workshop
Patagonia is the dream of every landscape photographer and in autumn it is painted in vivid red and yellow colors. A special moment to visit this place together with a professional photographer during this Travel Photography Workshop.
With the support of Bernardo Galmarini, Workshop Leader and Landscape Photography expert, you will be able to visit and photograph the best places in Argentinean Patagonia during the best light hours of the day, obtaining breathtaking images. It will be a unique opportunity to improve your technique, from shooting to post-production and live a great travel experience together with other enthusiasts like you.
Once arrived in El Calafate we will meet with the group in the hotel where we will stay the first two nights. After settling in, Bernardo will give an introductory speech to the workshop. Sunset photography from a nearby viewpoint.
We will dedicate the whole day to the majestic Perito Moreno glacier, from dawn till dusk, hoping to experience a great sky and see some ice breaking.
We will move to El Chalten, where we will stay for 5 days. The time needed to explore the best photographic sites around El Chalten, including Laguna de los 3, Capri and Torre. Bernardo will also give talks on landscape photography composition and post-production techniques.
In the morning we will leave after breakfast to reach El Calafate and say goodbye!
B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner | MB = Meal Box
Please note that these are only suggestions given by our experience. It is not necessary to have all the equipment reported, everyone prepares for the journey according to their needs.
For example, some people may only want to take pictures with a smartphone while others will want to take a drone with them. But it is our duty to guide you to a better choice.
Although you can participate with any type of photographic device, we recommend a reflex or mirrorless camera, which allow much more freedom and creativity.
The workshop is mainly aimed at landscape photography. It is therefore essential to bring a good wide angle lens, generally between 10 and 35 mm. Beware that with very short focal lengths you will generate more distortion.
For wildlife photography we suggest a super-tele lens, generally from 100 to 800mm.
Since the prime lenses are very expensive and generally heavy, most photographers who are not only dedicated to this type of photography opt for zoom lenses, that allow to cover different focal lengths, saving space in the backpack and in the wallet.
More specifically, depending on the brand you use, different zoom lenses are available. Here are some possibilities: a 24-70 mm or 24-105 mm will cover the most common focal distances (from landscape to portrait), a wide angle 16-35 mm will be useful especially for landscapes or architecture and a 100-400 mm or 170-500 mm are good for details of mountains and fauna.
Consider also buying a tele converter to increase the focal length of the lens: 1.4x or 2x. Even if with loss of luminosity.
Finally, choosing the right set of lenses is not easy. If you encounter difficulties and need some suggestions do not hesitate to contact us.
The most important feature of a tripod is its stability. Since it is a trip that involves some trekking we will have to take into account also the weight.
We suggest a good carbon tripod that maintains a good balance between weight and stability, that can easily change from one height to another and that locks in little space.
Aluminum is also fine, as carbon is generally much more expensive. We know that choosing a tripod is not easy and we are available to help you choose the right model for you.
We always recommend a UV protective filter for each lens and a Polarizer, to saturate colors, increase contrast and especially reduce reflections.
Most important for this kind of workshop are the ND (Neutral Density) filters, which allow you to remove luminosity stops from the lens and use longer exposure times, for example to create the famous “silk effect” in the water.
Finding the right photo backpack can be a difficult challenge. We recommend you to rely on a brand with quality and experience in the market such as Think Thank, Lowepro or Manfrotto.
The type of backpack clearly depends on your equipment. But what really matters is that you feel comfortable with it and possibly fitted with a rain cover.
Bernardo uses a Manfrotto Off Road Hiker, ideal for hiking in the mountains.
You can’t miss in your backpack: a cleaning kit for the lenses, a remote control to shoot without touching the camera, hood for the lenses (to avoid flare) and a robust / comfortable camera strap.
It is also important to take spare batteries with you, as they tend to discharge faster with low mountain temperatures. In addition to spare memory cards and if you have the possibility, a laptop computer (with Lightroom or Photoshop installed), so you can work in post-production with the workshop leader.
MORE ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP
The landscape around El Calafate and El Chalten consists of forests, mountains, and rivers, where different species of animals live.
Among them: the Andean Condor (Vultur Gryphus), the Guanaco (Lama Guanicoe), the South Andean Deer (Hippocamelus Bisculus), the Chilean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus Chilensis), the Cougar (Puma Concolor), the Aguila Mora (Black Chested Eagle), the Cachaña (Austral Parakeet), the Woodpecker (Magellanic Woodpecker), the Rhea (Rhea pennata), Caburé Grande (Austral Pygmy Owl), the Torrent Duck (Merganetta Armata), the Cauquén (Upland Goose), the Black Neck Swan (Cygnus Melanocoryphus), the Loica (Long-Tailed Meadowlark), the Patagonian Piche (Pichi), the Patagonian Skunk (Conepatus Humboldtii), the Carpintero Pitío (Chilean Flicker).etc..
April is among the best months to visit this area. According to historical averages, the temperatures are as follows:
El Calafate – Minimum Temperature 3 °C / 37 °F , Maximum Temperature 12 ° C / 54 °F, with an average monthly rainfall of 26 mm.
El Chalten – Minimum Temperature 4 °C / 39 °F , Maximum Temperature 13° C / 55 °F, with an average monthly rainfall of 91 mm.
Most of the planned excursions around El Chalten are of low difficulty and require only a few hours of walking.
The excursion to Laguna de Los 3 requires about 5 hours of walking and moderate difficulty.
The excursion to Laguna Torre requires about 4 hours of walking and moderate difficulty.
During the days of hiking to Laguna de Los 3 and Laguna Cerro Torre, we will be accompanied by a Certified Mountain Guide.
Here is a list of recommended clothing for the Patagonia Workshop:
- Waterproof Hiking Boots
- Comfortable Trainers
- Thermal Clothes (Water Resistant Hiking Trousers, Wind and Rain Proof Jacket, Warm Socks..etc.)
- Long sleeve clothes for UV Protection
- Lightweight, Breathable Vests and T-shirt
- Sunglasses for UV Protection
The flight is not included in the price.
However, we can coordinate with the Tour Operator to book the flight.